Vincy Workplace
February 16, 2007

Have diplomacy when quitting a job

There is an old cliché that says people do business with those they know, like and trust. Although it sounds easy, sometimes this can be difficult to do but it is imperative to the longevity and success of your career or business. Therefore how you maintain and even end relationships especially jobs must be done with diplomacy and much care.

Here are a few tips to consider when you think its time to pack your bags and move on to bigger and better things.{{more}}

1. When you leave a job don’t burn your bridges, leave the gate open in the event you will need those relationships in the future.

2. Don’t gossip about the position and the people you are leaving behind or do mediocre work just before you leave.

3. Help train the new person or leave your work clean and orderly so it’s easy to follow when you are gone.

4. Give at least 2 weeks notice and do so in writing; for managerial and higher positions a month or more notice would be appreciated.

5. If there is an exit interview, take the time to complete the process and do so candidly and diplomatically.

6. Stay in touch with old colleagues to keep your network and references strong.

A civil departure is always in your professional interest as you may need to do business with that former boss or colleague later in life or they may be in a position to directly or indirectly influence decisions being made about you.

Your reputation and your ability to interact with people are big factors that will determine how successful you will be; always strive to be savvy and strategic in your decisions.

•Karen Hinds President/CEO – Workplace Success Group, Toll Free: 1-877-902-2775; Tel: 1-203-757-4103
Creator of The Workplace Success Program (TM)